Foster Ridpath

I have an undergraduate degree in Physical Education and an MBA in Counseling and Human Development. I was a four sport athlete in high school and played Division 1 baseball at Radford University. Athletics and training have always been my passion and I have been able to work in the fitness field for the past 10 years. I now hope to improve the local community and the college’s wellbeing by starting CrossFit Radford. CrossFit is my persona in a nutshell and I hope to help strengthen people physically and mentally in a sporting atmosphere. I am a certified CrossFit coach, USA Weightlifting coach, CrossFit Olympic Lifting, CrossFit Kettlebell, CrossFit Gymnastics, CrossFit Kids, CrossFit Mobility, and a certified TRX trainer. I was introduced to CrossFit in 2010 and over the past few years it has become how I spend most of my free time - reading, watching, and doing. I love the hopper mentality - never knowing what the WOD (Workout of the Day) will be and the sweaty palms & body that go with it! I look forward to assisting you with your health and fitness goals. We are forging elite fitness.

James Chilton
Head Coach

I was a student at Radford University and graduated with a B.S. in Sports Medicine in May 2014 and have been certified as a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer and USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sport Performance Coach. I developed a passion for fitness after an ankle injury in high school lacrosse. During two years of surgeries and rehabilitation, I developed an appreciation for the role fitness and therapy can have in restoring function to the body. The CrossFit communities’ supportive environment and high intensity challenge me physically and mentally. As a member of the CrossFit Radford community, I look forward to supporting others as they pursue elite fitness.

Chris Shelor

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise, Sport, and Health Education from Radford University. Also, holds his Master’s degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sports Management. He is a Certified CrossFit Level 1 Coach and USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sport Performance Coach.

Chris has been part of many strength and conditioning programs, but none have produced the results that CrossFit has. He was introduced to CrossFit in 2011 through CrossFit Football and was immediately hooked. He enjoys everyday he can come into the gym and witness athlete’s progress.

Tricia Hepler

I have been “working out” for most of my adult life, headed to the gym out of obligation rather than enjoyment. It wasn’t until I started CrossFit almost 7 years ago that I found a passion for “working out.” I loved the community that encouraged me, the workouts that challenged me and the coach that changed my perspective on how I viewed the gym.

As a high school teacher in my daytime career, it seemed like a natural progression to get my CrossFit Level 1 certification. My goal in coaching CrossFit is to teach athletes the importance of making health and fitness a priority in life. I love what I do and work to continue my education in CrossFit with certifications in Spot the Flaw, Scaling Course and Lesson Planning. I am currently working on my Precision Nutrition Level 1 certification so that I can help others in achieving their body composition goals. CrossFit has given me a life-long passion that continues to give me purpose, excitement and friendships.
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